Notre Dame College Performing Arts Thrive with Regina Renovations, Permanent Home for Mercury Theatre

Notre Dame College has received nearly a quarter of a million dollars in gift and grant support for its performing arts programs in 2018-2019.

The College has secured a $200,000 earmark from the State of Ohio's capital allocations budget to renovate a portion of its Regina Auditorium, and alumna Joan Cronin Reagan ’52 has donated her second gift of $20,000 for The Joan Cronin Reagan #NDCPerforms Series of performing arts events for fall and spring 2018-2019.

Notre Dame’s Performing Arts programs, in collaboration with Mercury Theatre Company, also received a $17,000 project support grant from Cuyahoga (County) Arts & Culture this year. The funding is to support the College’s community theatre production of "Frankenstein: The Play" Thursday through Saturday, November 1-3, in Regina Auditorium to celebrate the bicentennial year of the Mary Shelley literary classic.

Mercury Theatre Collaboration

The College and Mercury also have announced a formal partnership in which Notre Dame becomes the official, permanent home of the theatre company. As part of the collaboration, Pierre-Jacques Brault, co-founder and artistic director of Mercury Theatre Company, now is the director of theatre studies at the College. He teaches several theatre courses at Notre Dame, including acting, directing and improvisation and production, among others.

Mercury, which celebrated its 20th professional season in 2018, started performing at Regina Auditorium as the College’s in-residence theatre artists in 2012. The company assumed direction of Notre Dame’s theatre performing arts programs in 2015. Brian Marshall, co-founder and managing director of Mercury Theatre Company, serves as managing director of theatre at the College.

Frankenstein Turns 200

Brault will lead the College and Mercury’s joint production of “Frankenstein: The Play” November 1-3 in Regina Auditorium. Notre Dame students will work alongside community members from across Cuyahoga County to cast, stage, rehearse, market and perform. Information about show times and tickets is available online.

With the production, Notre Dame joins national colleges and universities like Stanford and the University of Notre Dame in commemorating Frankenstein at 200. Shelley’s graphic novel “Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus,” published in 1818, explores themes still relevant to issues today, like bioethics, artificial intelligence, disability studies, human rights and even race relations.

To continue celebrating Frankenstein, Notre Dame’s theatre department is expected to present a student production of “Young Frankenstein: The Musical” April 4-6, 2019, in Regina Auditorium.

Regina Auditorium Enhancements

In his new position, Brault also will work with the College to raise funding for additional improvements to Regina Auditorium. The new state appropriation will be used for restroom and lobby renovations, including the addition of a ticket booth and concession facilities. Construction is expected to begin next year.

Notre Dame also has recently renovated a section on the second floor of Regina Hall to create a dance studio space. The College is offering a series of one-credit dance classes for the first time starting this fall 2018 semester. Dance instruction, rehearsal and study will take place in the new studio space. 

Dance Program Guest Artist

To help lead the new dance program, Notre Dame has hired Cleveland native and Juilliard graduate Nehemiah Spencer as dance artist-in-residence.

Spencer started his training at the Cleveland School of the Arts and graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree in dance from The Juilliard School in New York City. He has appeared in the Broadway production of The Wiz and in a music video for Grammy Award-winning rhythm and blues and urban alternative singer Jill Scott. In addition to service at the Cleveland School of the Arts, Spencer teaches at other arts-enriching studios around the city.

The Notre Dame dance courses are open to all students at the College. Community members can apply to take the classes as non-degree seeking students. Brault also serves as co-instructor for some of the dance offerings.

September 2018

About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

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